ACCEL Vocational Programs
ACCEL’s state of the art vocational and transitional program is an integral part of instruction. The vocational program provides students with the curriculum and hands-on experience that prepares them for life after secondary education as they transition from school to employment. The transition to work curriculum focuses on the development of social skills and work in building a sense of responsibility and independence.
The program provides a variety of opportunities for students to experience work-related tasks to increase skills necessary to be successful in varied work environments. In addition, students work in the design center and create products that are featured as part of the ACCEL Collection and sold in our Gifted Hands Boutique and at community craft fairs.
For some students with disabilities, specific skill development is necessary to be successful in the workplace and in the community – often these skills need to be taught explicitly and consistently.
Occupational and Vocational Skills
There are a number of skills and behaviors that most, if not all, jobs require. It is important to help students who do not already possess these skills acquire them.
Examples of these activities include the following:
- Using a time card and punch clock
- Arriving to work on time
- Requesting vacation time
- Using the appropriate voice tone and volume
- Accepting instructions and corrections
- Problem solving
- Listening comprehension
- Following and giving directions accurately
- Understanding and processing information
- Answering the phone and taking a message
- Making necessary phone calls to employers and other professionals as part of a job requirement
- Learning how to protect themselves from victimization
- Learning social problem-solving techniques
- Knowing appropriate interaction with coworkers (i.e., getting along; social problem solving; making friends; and recognizing personal, professional, and sexual boundaries)
Along with vocational assessment, interest in inventories and interviews, students learn to evaluate their strengths and set realistic goals for the future.
Below are work-related areas of the vocational program
- Food preparation in an “A” rated commercial kitchen
- Full service copy center
- Laundry service
- Plant care in the horticulture program
- Grounds and facility janitorial service
- Jewelry design, mosaics and woodworking in the creative design workshop
- Breakfast and lunch distribution
- On-campus stocking and deliveries
Students ages 16 and up also have access to off-campus work based learning opportunities. Partnerships with local businesses allow our students to participate in developing vocational skills in the community environment.
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